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NOTICE OF STATUTORY PUBLIC MEETINGhttp://www.simcoe.ca/Planning/Pages/NOTICE-OF-STATUORY-PUBLIC-MEETING.aspx4/13/2017 7:55:54 PMNOTICE OF STATUTORY PUBLIC MEETING<p style="text-align:center;"> <strong><font size="3">NOTICE OF STATUTORY PUBLIC MEETING</font></strong></p><div style="text-align:center;"><strong><font size="3"><p>CONCERNING PROPOSED COUNTY OFFICIAL PLAN AMENDMENT </p> </font><font size="3"><p>for </p> <p>Part Lot 2, Concession 1, 2976 Horseshoe Valley Road West (County Road 22) Township of Springwater, County of Simcoe </p> </font></strong><font size="3"></font></div><p style="text-align:center;"><font size="3"><strong>TAKE NOTICE </strong></font><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3">that County Council for the County of Simcoe will hold a Public Meeting to consider a proposed amendment to the County of Simcoe Official Plan, pursuant to Section 17 of the </font></font><em><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3">Planning Act</font></font></em><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3">, R.S.O. 1990, c.P.13, as amended. </font></font></p><div style="text-align:center;"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"> </font></font><strong><font size="3"><p>Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. </p> </font></strong><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><p>County of Simcoe Council Chambers, Administration Centre, 1110 Highway 26, Midhurst, Ontario </p> </font></font><strong><font size="3"></font></strong><font size="3"></font></div><p style="text-align:center;"><font size="3"><strong>Project: </strong></font><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3">Environmental Resource Recovery Centre (ERRC) </font></font></p><div style="text-align:center;"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"> <p>County File No. SC-OPA-1602 </p> <p>Related Township of Springwater File No. OP-2016-005 & ZB-2016-021 </p> </font></font><strong><font size="3"></font></strong><font size="3"></font></div><p><font size="3"><strong>THE PURPOSE </strong></font><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3">of the County initiated amendment is to modify Schedule 5.6.1 of the County Official Plan by renaming the schedule from ‘County Waste Disposal Sites’ to ‘County Waste Management System’, adding ‘Environmental Resource Recovery Centre’ to the map legend and adding a symbol for ‘Environmental Resource Recovery Centre’ to the Schedule on a portion of the subject lands. The proposed amendment will also add a new site specific section of text after Section 4.9.17 detailing the permitted uses and associated development parameters on the site. </font></font></p><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"> </font></font><strong><font size="3"></font></strong><font size="3"></font><p><font size="3"><strong>THE EFFECT </strong></font><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3">of the amendment is to facilitate the development of an Environmental Resource Recovery Centre that includes an Organics Processing Facility for the long-term processing of source-separated organics, a Materials Management Facility for the transfer of garbage, recyclables and source-separated organics, a potential future Materials Recovery Facility, and ancillary uses. </font></font></p><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"> </font></font><strong><font size="3"></font></strong><font size="3"></font><p><font size="3"><strong>ANY PERSON OR PUBLIC BODY </strong></font><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3">may attend the Public Meeting and make written and/or verbal representation either in support of, or in opposition to the proposed Official Plan Amendment. If any person or public body wishes to register their intent to make verbal representation at the public meeting, written notice should be provided to the County Clerk. </font></font></p><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"> <p>The approval authority for County of Simcoe Official Plan amendments is the Ministry of Municipal Affairs. </p> <p>If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the County of Simcoe before the proposed Official Plan Amendment is adopted, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to the Ontario Municipal Board. </p> <p>If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the County of Simcoe before the proposed Official Plan Amendment is adopted, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Municipal Board unless, in the opinion of the Board, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party. </p> </font></font><strong><font size="3"></font></strong><font size="3"></font><p><font size="3"><strong>NOTICE OF ADOPTION OR REFUSAL </strong></font><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3">If you wish to be notified of the adoption of the proposed Official Plan Amendment, or of the refusal of a request to amend the official plan, you must make a written request to the Clerk’s Department, County of Simcoe, Administration Centre, 1110 Highway 26, Midhurst, Ontario, L9N 1X6 </font></font></p><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"> <strong></strong><p><strong>ADDITIONAL INFORMATION </strong>relating to the proposed Official Plan Amendment is available for viewing at the County of Simcoe Customer Service desk located in the County of Simcoe Administration Centre during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday) or on the County of Simcoe website at simcoe.ca. For information related to the Environmental Resource Recovery Centre, visit simcoe.ca/errc. Further inquiries can be made by email at errc@simcoe.ca or by phone at (705) 726-9300. </p> </font></font><strong><font size="3"></font></strong><font size="3"></font><p><font size="3"><strong>DATED </strong></font><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3">at Midhurst this 13th day of April, 2017. </font></font></p><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"> <p>John Daly, County Clerk </p> <p>County of Simcoe Administration Centre </p> <p>1110 Highway 26, Midhurst, ON L9N 1X6 </p> <p>(705) 726-9300 Ext. 1246 - Fax (705) 725-1285 </p> <p>John.Daly@simoce.ca </p> </font></font><strong><font size="3"><p>KEY MAP </p><p><img src="/Planning/PublishingImages/Notice%20of%20Public%20Meeting%20County%20OPA%20SC-OPA-1602%20ERRC%20(002).bmp" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /></p></font></strong>
Severn Monday Waste Collection Day is Changinghttp://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Severn-Monday-Waste-Collection-Day-is-Changing.aspx4/18/2017 7:45:07 PMSevern Monday Waste Collection Day is Changing<p> <a title="Click here to view map" href="/SolidWasteManagement/PublishingImages/CollectionDaysFINALResize.jpg" target="_blank"><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/SolidWasteManagement/PublishingImages/CollectionDaysFINALResize.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px 15px;width:302px;height:469px;" /></a><br>Waste collection routes are being adjusted to better balance collection days. </p><p>Your waste collection day ONLY in the Severn Monday collection area (<a title="Severn Monday Waste Collection Day is Changing" href="/SolidWasteManagement/Documents/PosterFINAL.pdf" target="_blank">yellow on map</a>) will be changing from <strong>Monday</strong> to <strong>Wednesday</strong> starting the week of <strong>May 1, 2017</strong>.<br><br>Have your materials to the curb by 7 a.m. to ensure collection.<br></p>
Simcoe County represented on 2017 SWIFT Board of Directorshttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/2017-swift-board-of-directors-2017-04-18.aspx4/18/2017 6:14:33 PMSimcoe County represented on 2017 SWIFT Board of Directors<p><strong>Midhurst/April 18, 2017 –</strong> Simcoe County will continue to have a strong voice at the table as the Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology Inc. (SWIFT) project continues to roll out. County of Simcoe Warden Gerry Marshall was confirmed again as the 2017 Chair during its second annual general meeting on April 7, 2017 at Cisco Canada's Toronto Innovation Centre. Warden Marshall held the roll in 2016. Congratulations is also in order for Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO of Georgian College, who was confirmed as the 2017 Treasurer. </p><p>The 2017 AGM follows a big six months for SWIFT, as the organization began work in making broadband for everyone a reality following the July 2016 funding announcement from the governments of Canada and Ontario of their $180 million combined investment in the project.</p><p>Additional Board selections include: Bev MacDougall, Councillor at the County of Lambton, who was confirmed as Vice Chair and Bill Van Wyck, President of The W. R. Van Wyck Group Limited, who was confirmed as Secretary.</p><p>The following representatives were confirmed as Directors:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Mitch Twolan – Warden, Bruce County</li><li>Randy Hope – Mayor, Chatham-Kent</li><li>George Bridge – Councillor, Wellington County</li><li>Jim Maudsley – Councillor, Middlesex County</li><li>Roger Watt – Councillor, Huron County</li><li>David Mayberry – Warden, Oxford County</li><li>Allan Thompson – Mayor, Town of Caledon</li><li>April Jeffs – Mayor of Wainfleet and Regional Councillor, Niagara Region</li><li>Chief Greg Peters – Delaware Nation at Moraviantown</li><li>Stephen Young – Manager, Information Technology Services, Thames Valley District School Board</li><li>Brent Royce – Director (Huron & Perth), Ontario Federation of Agriculture</li></ul><p>"I'm honoured to serve as Chair for 2017 and work with such a broad range of talented individuals as we put the foundations in place to bring ultra-high speed Internet connectivity to Simcoe County and our entire network of regional partners over the coming years," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "I'm extremely pleased to welcome another local voice to the table in Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes, who will be a vital local asset in bringing ultra-high speed Internet connectivity to our communities." </p><p>At the regular board meeting that followed the AGM, board members received updates from staff that pointed to an exceptionally busy first year in full operation. From hiring full-time staff to developing comprehensive stakeholder engagement and membership acquisition strategies, the organization is moving confidently toward launching the first stage in the procurement process for the network, with a two-stage Request for Pre-Qualification for service providers anticipated to launch mid-May, 2017.</p><p>The SWIFT Initiative is based on the principle that everyone in Western Ontario deserves access to high-speed Internet, regardless of the size of their community, their age, education, or where they work. SWIFT will build an affordable, open-access, ultra-high-speed fibre-optic regional broadband network for everyone in Southwestern Ontario and Niagara Region.</p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p>For more information about the SWIFT initiative, please visit <a href="http://www.swiftnetwork.ca/">www.swiftnetwork.ca</a>. </p><p>To speak with Warden Gerry Marshall, please contact:</p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"> </p></span><p> </p>
County hosts Statutory Public Meeting on Environmental Resource Recovery Centrehttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/statutory-public-2017-04-13.aspx4/13/2017 5:55:57 PMCounty hosts Statutory Public Meeting on Environmental Resource Recovery Centre<p><strong>Midhurst/April 13, 2017 –</strong> County Council will hold a Statutory Public Meeting on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 11 a.m. in Council Chambers to consider a proposed amendment to the County of Simcoe Official Plan. The effect of the proposed amendment is to facilitate the development of an Environmental Resource Recovery Centre at 2976 Horseshoe Valley Road West in the Township of Springwater.<strong> </strong> </p><p>Information about the Statutory Public Meeting and how the public and community stakeholders can participate is included on the County's <a href="/Clerks/Pages/NOTICE-OF-STATUTORY-PUBLIC-MEETING.aspx">website.</a> </p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:7%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><strong>Statutory Public Meeting on Environmental Resource Recovery Centre</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:7%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><strong>County of Simcoe Council Chambers </strong><br>1110 Highway 26<br> Midhurst, Ontario<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:7%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><strong>Tuesday, May 9, 2017</strong><br><strong> </strong>11 a.m.</td></tr></tbody></table><p>The County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"> </p></span>
NOTICE OF STATUTORY PUBLIC MEETINGhttp://www.simcoe.ca/Clerks/Pages/NOTICE-OF-STATUTORY-PUBLIC-MEETING.aspx4/13/2017 1:43:07 PMNOTICE OF STATUTORY PUBLIC MEETING<p style="text-align:center;"><strong><font size="3">CONCERNING PROPOSED COUNTY OFFICIAL PLAN AMENDMENT</font></strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>for</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><font size="3">Part Lot 2, Concession 1, 2976 Horseshoe Valley Road West (County Road 22) Township of Springwater, County of Simcoe </font></strong></p><strong><font size="3"> </font></strong><font size="3"></font><p><font size="3"><strong>TAKE NOTICE </strong></font><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3">that County Council for the County of Simcoe will hold a Public Meeting to consider a proposed amendment to the County of Simcoe Official Plan, pursuant to Section 17 of the </font></font><em><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3">Planning Act</font></font></em><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3">, R.S.O. 1990, c.P.13, as amended. </font></font></p><div style="text-align:center;"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"> </font></font><strong><font size="3"><p>Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.</p></font></strong><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><p>County of Simcoe Council Chambers, Administration Centre, 1110 Highway 26, Midhurst, Ontario </p> </font></font><strong><font size="3"></font></strong><font size="3"></font></div><p style="text-align:center;"><font size="3"><strong>Project: </strong></font><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3">Environmental Resource Recovery Centre (ERRC) </font></font></p><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3" style="text-align:center;"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><div><p style="text-align:center;">County File No. SC-OPA-1602 </p><p style="text-align:center;">Related Township of Springwater File No. OP-2016-005 & ZB-2016-021 </p> </div></font></font><div style="text-align:left;"><font size="3"><strong>THE PURPOSE </strong></font><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3">of the County initiated amendment is to modify Schedule 5.6.1 of the County Official Plan by renaming the schedule from ‘County Waste Disposal Sites’ to ‘County Waste Management System’, adding ‘Environmental Resource Recovery Centre’ to the map legend and adding a symbol for ‘Environmental Resource Recovery Centre’ to the Schedule on a portion of the subject lands. The proposed amendment will also add a new site specific section of text after Section 4.9.17 detailing the permitted uses and associated development parameters on the site. </font></font></div><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"> </font></font><strong><font size="3"></font></strong><font size="3"></font><p><font size="3"><strong>THE EFFECT </strong></font><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3">of the amendment is to facilitate the development of an Environmental Resource Recovery Centre that includes an Organics Processing Facility for the long-term processing of source-separated organics, a Materials Management Facility for the transfer of garbage, recyclables and source-separated organics, a potential future Materials Recovery Facility, and ancillary uses. </font></font></p><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"> </font></font><strong><font size="3"></font></strong><font size="3"></font><p><font size="3"><strong>ANY PERSON OR PUBLIC BODY </strong></font><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3">may attend the Public Meeting and make written and/or verbal representation either in support of, or in opposition to the proposed Official Plan Amendment. If any person or public body wishes to register their intent to make verbal representation at the public meeting, written notice should be provided to the County Clerk. </font></font></p><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"> <p>The approval authority for County of Simcoe Official Plan amendments is the Ministry of Municipal Affairs. </p> <p>If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the County of Simcoe before the proposed Official Plan Amendment is adopted, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to the Ontario Municipal Board. </p> <p>If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the County of Simcoe before the proposed Official Plan Amendment is adopted, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Municipal Board unless, in the opinion of the Board, there are reasonable grounds to add the person <font size="3">or public body as a party. </font></p><font size="3"> </font><strong><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"></font></font></strong><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"></font></font><p><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><strong>NOTICE OF ADOPTION OR REFUSAL </strong></font></font><font size="3">If you wish to be notified of the adoption of the proposed Official Plan Amendment, or of the refusal of a request to amend the official plan, you must make a written request to the Clerk’s Department, County of Simcoe, Administration Centre, 1110 Highway 26, Midhurst, Ontario, L9N 1X6. </font></p><font size="3"> </font><strong><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"></font></font></strong><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"></font></font><p><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><strong>ADDITIONAL INFORMATION </strong></font></font><font size="3">relating to the proposed Official Plan Amendment is available for viewing at the County of Simcoe Customer Service desk located in the County of Simcoe Administration Centre during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday) or on the County of Simcoe website at simcoe.ca. For information related to the Environmental Resource Recovery Centre, visit simcoe.ca/errc. Further inquiries can be made by email at errc@simcoe.ca or by phone at (705) 726-9300. </font></p><font size="3"> </font><strong><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"></font></font></strong><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"></font></font><p><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><strong>DATED </strong></font></font><font size="3">at Midhurst this 13th day of April, 2017. </font></p><font size="3"> <p>John Daly, County Clerk <br>County of Simcoe Administration Centre <br>1110 Highway 26, Midhurst, ON L9N 1X6 <br>(705) 726-9300 Ext. 1246 - Fax (705) 725-1285 <br>John.Daly@simoce.ca </p></font><strong><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><p> <a href="/Clerks/Documents/Draft%20OPA.pdf">Link to Draft OPA</a></p></font></font></strong></font></font>
Earth Day at the Simcoe County Museumhttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Earth-Day-2017-04-12.aspx4/12/2017 3:51:02 PMEarth Day at the Simcoe County Museum<p>​<strong>Minesing/April 12, 2017 </strong>– Join us at the Simcoe County Museum on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. for a delayed Earth Day celebration and embrace spring with us.</p><p>Butterflies are not only beautiful, they are also very important pollinators that rely on flowers for survival. For our Earth Day celebration, join us to jump-start <em>your</em> butterfly friendly garden - we'll provide you with the basic necessities to start you on your way, before planting season arrives! Take a few minutes with us and learn a bit more about these fascinating, tiny helpers.</p><p>Regular Museum admission rates apply: Museum Members and Preschoolers are free, Adult $6; Seniors/Students $5; Children $4. <em>Outdoor activities are weather permitting. </em></p><p>For more information, contact the Simcoe County Museum at 705-728-3721 or visit <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><table class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0" style="width:100%;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:16%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><strong>Earth Day at the Simcoe County Museum</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:16%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Simcoe County Museum<br>1151 Highway 26 <br>Minesing, Ontario L9X 0Z7</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:16%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0">Sunday, April 23, 2017<br> 1 to 4:30 p.m.</td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Take the Infinite Journey with the Simcoe County Museum, a cultural exploration of our historical past and exciting future. The Simcoe County Museum is owned and operated by the County of Simcoe and offers year round exhibits, events and educational programs for visitors of every age. Visit our website at <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong> for further details.</p><p style="text-align:center;">-30-</p><p style="text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Shaughna Crew, Events Programmer<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><br>Simcoe County Museum<br>705-728-3721<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><br><a href="mailto:shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Forrest Patenaude, Education Director<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><br>Simcoe County Museum<br>705-728-3721 ext. 1320<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><br><a href="mailto:forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca</a></p>
Public Safety Communicators recognized during Tenth Annual Ceremonyhttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/public-safety-communicators-recognized-during-tenth-annual-ceremony-17-4-10.aspx4/10/2017 7:42:10 PMPublic Safety Communicators recognized during Tenth Annual Ceremony<p><strong>Midhurst/April 10, 2017 </strong>– The Simcoe County 9-1-1 Management Board Public Safety Communications Team Award and Youth Award winners will be recognized at the tenth annual ceremony on April 13, 2017.</p><p>This ceremony recognizes the exceptional work of the unsung but essential call-takers, dispatchers, and supervisors in our emergency response system. These are the men and women who provide a vital link to callers in distress and provide a communications safety net to emergency responders on scene. Since its inception, six Communicators-of-the-Year, 238 individual and team communicators, and nine brave youth have been recognized. </p><p>"Over the last ten years, we have had the pleasure of honouring these steadfast individuals and the incredible work they do under challenging, and sometimes devastating conditions," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "I know I speak for all Simcoe County residents when I say we are truly grateful to all public safety communicators for offering a calm, understanding, and supportive voice in what is often in the hardest moment in someone's life."</p><p>The <strong>2016 Youth Award</strong> is being presented to 10-year-old Ravyn Rideout from the City of Barrie. On February 19, 2016, Ravyn was home with her grandmother who was having difficulty breathing. Though unsure and scared, she called 9-1-1 and remained calm and attentive to the communicator's questions, showing composure and compassion beyond her years.</p><p>The winners of the <strong>2016 Simcoe County Public Safety Communications Joint Team Award</strong> from Barrie Police Service are being recognized for their response to a call from a man who had fallen into icy waters on November 11, 2016. The man was able to relay that he had fallen into a creek, but did not know his location. Call-taker Melissa Nadeau gathered what information she could and worked with dispatchers Tonya Kennedy and Dana Forrest to have the caller's phone pinged and dispatched officers to his suspected location. </p><p>As they narrowed down the search area, Communications Supervisor Shirley Dunn assisted in co-ordinating the search. These communicators had officers utilize their sirens, using different pitch sounds, until both the caller and call-taker could hear the sirens. By working with the officers and having them bring their sirens closer together, the man was located submerged under a bridge. Thanks to their outstanding team work and quick thinking, the caller was located just 30 minutes after initiating the call.</p><p>Three teams are also being recognized in the Team Recognition category:</p><ul><li>South Simcoe Police team for their response to an acutely distraught caller</li><li>Barrie Fire & Emergency Service team for their response to an ice storm</li><li>Georgian Central Ambulance Communications Centre who responded to an ice storm system outage</li></ul><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><strong>Tenth Annual Simcoe County 9-1-1 Management Board Public Safety Communications Awards 2016</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><strong>Simcoe County Museum </strong><br>1151 Highway 26<br> Minesing, Ontario<br> </td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;"><strong>When<br><br></strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><strong>Thursday, April 13, 2017</strong><br>2 p.m.</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableFooterRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableFooterEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:14%;"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">​Photo and Video</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableFooterOddCol-0" rowspan="1"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">​Ceremony and interviews with recipients</strong></td></tr></tbody></table><p>The County of Simcoe is composed of 16 member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents, in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Jennifer Straw<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1036<br>705-790-5979 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></p></span>
Simcoe County Museum to receive generous bequesthttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/bequest-2017-04-10.aspx4/10/2017 1:11:47 PMSimcoe County Museum to receive generous bequest<p>​<strong>Midhurst/April 10, 2017 –</strong> Media are invited to attend a special cheque presentation being held during County Council on April 11, 2017.</p><p>A representative from the estate of the late Charles Matthews will be making a bequest to the Simcoe County Museum. The presentation represents the first half of a $4.4 million bequest being made to the Simcoe County Museum by the estate.</p><p>The estate requested that the funds be used for legacy capital projects related to display, restoration and retention of museum collections and/or the acquisition of museum artifacts. All legacy capital projects and acquisitions will be permanently identified as being the result of the bequest made by the late Charles Matthews. </p><p>The cheque presentation will be made at the beginning of County Council on April 11, 2017 (as close to 9 a.m. as possible). </p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><strong>Simcoe County Museum Cheque Presentation </strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0">​</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><strong>County of Simcoe Council Chambers </strong><br>1110 Highway 26<br> Midhurst, Ontario<br> </td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><strong>Tuesday, April 11, 2017</strong><br><strong> </strong>Shortly after 9 a.m.</td></tr></tbody></table><p>The County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"> </p></span>